After the pantry came home, I had business to take care of. When I got my router, I made my first table fairly soon after. I glued up two 3/4″ sheets of MDF with Formica, added a couple of cleats and a plate, and started using my $20 table as a base. Not a permanent solution – too big, and I wanted my table space back. So, I started on a cabinet. Similar to the New Yankee Workshop one, but of my own measurements.
Started with the same 3/4″ white birch for pretty much everything, and a poplar face. Ash drawer fronts and a double 3/4″ phenolic ply top with ash banding do the work. I got a fantastic deal on a fence from Rockler, so I incorporated it along with their aluminum plate and T-track. A safety switch on front helps keep me safe.
It’s not the greatest, I must confess. Again, if I had started on it now, it would be much better. Well, I guess it’s actually much better than the pantry. The only real thing I dislike about it is the drawers. They are an extreme work in progress, until I figure out a solution. The table works exactly like it should, though, so no real complaints about functionality. Dust collection is a big plus, too.
The first attempt. Great functionality, huge in size. No dust collection.
Close up of the top
No flex going to happen here
Revised that, plus changed the location of the safety switch
Hope you enjoyed my first shop project. Once I figure out the slides for the drawers, and get some plexiglass, I can consider this one done.